Burnt through over 200 hectares

A CFS unit battles against the bushfire at World's End, just outside of Burra, through a thick haze of smoke.
A CFS unit battles against the bushfire at World's End, just outside of Burra, through a thick haze of smoke.

A bushfire ripped through 280 hectares of land at World’s End near Burra on Sunday, October 27.

South Australian Country Fire Service volunteers began responding to the fire around 1pm before it became out of control near Hopkins Creek and Burra Gorge.

There were reportedly 28 CFS units helping to control the blaze while battling changing winds.

At around 6pm on Sunday night, the threat of the fire was downgraded before it was eventually put out later that night.

The CFS had advised care in the fire area during the days after the blaze and to check properties for any fires and embers.

A fire ban was in place on Sunday, despite Fire Danger Season not officially commencing until today (November 1), due to high forecast temperatures and strong winds.

The fire came on the same day the CFS launched a new bushfire ready campaign with the message ‘Complacency Kills’.

It encourages anyone living in, travelling through or visiting a bushfire risk area to act now and do their “5 Minute Bushfire Plan.”

CFS chief officer Greg Nettleton said the campaign would help stress the need to be prepared for a bushfire.

“Our professional volunteers are trained and ready to respond to bushfires this season but the community has a joint responsibility to also be ready.

“Too often we see people making decisions to leave too late, once a bushfire has started. People need to plan early and know what they and their families will do in the event of a bushfire.”

Smoke from the World's End bushfire engulfs a line of trees.

Smoke from the World's End bushfire engulfs a line of trees.

Last Thursday morning, a shed fire in Laura, likely caused by spontaneous combustion, caused an estimated $500,000 worth of damage.

The fire was still burning several hours after the alarm was raised about 11am at a farm off Stock Route Road on the outskirts of the town. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from Stone Hut and Wirrabara.

Residents of Laura were warned that around 11pm on Thursday night, a change in wind direction would occur which would push smoke towards the township. 

CFS crews were at the scene, but were not fighting the fire, instead adopting a policy of containing it and letting it smoulder.

The hay shed measured 50 metres by 20 metres and parts of had been reduced to twisted metal.

About 16 firefighters, four trucks and a bulk water carrier, as well as private units, went to the blaze.

Fire Danger Season for the Mid North begins today, Wednesday, November 1, a fortnight earlier than usual, and will run until April 30, 2018.